Field hunting without a layout blind, lay in a fence row, ditch, or slough edge, or simply wear camo from head to toe and hide behind a decoy. Layouts are ultra comfy and work great if hidden well, but I'd bet as the season wears on, the guy that can stay concealed without one will finish more birds. Geese are smart and wary animals, so even if you're not trying to scare them away, they should still take cover when they see you.
There are many different methods for hunting geese, but here's how we do it at my house: 1 We use calls to attract them in (this is optional). 2 When they come within shooting range, I stand up and take aim. 3 When I get what I think is a good shot, I call out "shot" and run toward it. 4 My partner(s) then comes running and helps me chase down the bird. 5 We carry our kills back to the truck together.
This method works best if you have someone with you who can act as your spotter. They can tell you when the geese are coming in range, give you advice on where to shoot, and even help pull the trigger when you miss.
Of course, you can also use this method without a partner. It's just going to be harder than with someone helping you out.
In these instances, you must be inventive. Field borders can occasionally be used for blind placement, but keep in mind that geese prefer not to land near cover that they can't see over. Irrigation canals can occasionally be used as blind spots if there isn't a lot of tall vegetation nearby. Geese will generally avoid people unless they are given no other choice.
The best place to shoot a goose is from behind. Aim for the head and chest. This will kill instantly. If you want to make sure it doesn't get away, take out its eyes. They will never fly away after being blinded.
Goose shooting is popular throughout North America. The meat is considered a great food source because of its high protein content. Also worth mentioning is that geese tend to be more affordable than other game animals such as deer or elk. You can usually buy a good quality goose for less than $10. Geese farming is also common in some countries where the meat is used instead of beef or pork.
You should always check local laws before going goose shooting. In some areas, you may need a license to carry a firearm.
Walk as a group to the center of the field, then work your way away from each other, toward the corners. The idea is that before flushing, birds would focus on edge cover in the corners. Each hunter should concentrate on little bits of cover as they travel. Stop every now and again to listen for rustling birds. That's your signal that game is near.
Without a dog to flush the bird, you need to know its call. Most birds make distinctive sounds when flown over by a plane, or taken by a gun. They can also be heard in far-off fields or woods.
You'll know you're getting close when you start seeing signs of life: feathers lying on the ground, a bird running around in circles, etc. When you have good cover nearby, go ahead and shoot to kill. You don't want any survivors!
After shooting, check your bird for marks of where it was shot from. If it had head shots, it was probably taken by a shotgun. If it had wing shots, it was most likely taken by a rifle. But watch out for animals; they might take the shot themselves if it looks like fun!
Finally, clean up after yourself and leave the area undisturbed for several days in case more birds show up.
Binoculars may be used to observe geese and determine which areas of a field they feel secure in. After obtaining permission, walk the field and accurately locate the "X" in the droppings and feathers left behind. This is where you will set up your camp. It may take a few days to discover the appropriate place, so begin scouting at least a week before the season begins.
The best time to go goose hunting is during early morning or late evening when birds are flying home to their nests. Go in the spring before they have hatched their eggs or in the fall after they have returned with their families. Geese can become agitated if approached too closely, so back away slowly until you are out of sight then hide again.
Geese tend to gather in large groups known as "flocks". Each bird within the flock has its own identity so it is possible to track down the person who owns each bird. If you see a bird that does not belong to any group, it may be able to provide information about other geese in the area. For example, a lone bird might be a young gosling that was separated from its family flock.
It is important to remember that geese live in flocks for protection, so trying to approach them unannounced will usually make them fly away. You should also keep in mind that some species of goose are endangered so try to avoid killing them unnecessarily.
Bowhunting turkeys does not necessitate the use of a ground blind. The goal is to conceal yourself behind one or two strutting decoys. During the spring of 2019, the author concealed behind a strutting decoy perched on top of a breeding hen. A few minutes later, the bird began gobbling, and within a few more minutes, a gobbler came into view. He walked directly toward where the decoy was sitting and then stopped about 15 feet away. He stared at the hunter for a few seconds before he took off running. When the gobbler stops to look, that's when you shoot.
The key to successful bowhunting is being still enough to wait for your prey to make a mistake. Turkeys are very vigilant and will usually detect a movement from beyond 10 yards away. If you can remain perfectly motionless for several minutes, then your turkey should do the same and fall victim to your trap.
It's important to remember that turkeys can see better than we think. They have excellent eyesight and can spot movement from far away. To avoid being seen by your quarry, try to stay out of sight but never too far. That way you can react quickly if needed.
If you don't have access to a blind, there are some alternative methods. For example, consider using vegetation to conceal yourself.